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Love, Laughter, & Spatula's | Ben & Melissa's Hunt Valley Country Club Wedding


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When I first met Melissa and Ben, it was like having a conversation with old friends. Melissa grew up in Massachusetts and we quickly bonded over the fact that she grew up close to my dad's hometown, Seekonk, Massachusetts. We chatted about their love story, how online dating led to a date, which led to more dates, which led to a blooming relationship, which brought with it a house and a proposal. We discussed future wedding plans and scheduled their engagement session in Annapolis.


Amidst the serene beauty of Hunt Valley Country Club, Ben and Melissa's love story unfolded in a celebration that radiated elegance and charm. From the ethereal color palette of light blue and grey's to the stunning floral arrangements that adorned Melissa's bouquet, every detail spoke of their deep affection and meticulous planning. Their elegant country club wedding was filled with love, personalized touches, heartfelt speeches, and an unforgettable dance floor experience.



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A Proposal with Personalized Meaning

Ben's proposal to Melissa was a moment steeped in thoughtfulness and sentimentality. Because Ben works with the University of Maryland, he designed a customized jersey with the words "marry me?" embroidered on the back. The jersey, prominently displayed at the wedding, became a beautiful reminder of their journey from online dating to their gorgeous wedding day.


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An Elegant Color Palette and Exquisite Florals

The wedding's color palette of light blue and greys set the stage for an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. These gentle hues imbued the surroundings with a sense of serenity and timeless elegance. Melissa's bouquet, designed by Hunt Valley a masterpiece adorned with the prettiest florals, echoed the colors of the day. Delicate blooms of baby's breath, hydrangeas, and soft blue roses cascaded effortlessly, adding a touch of ethereal beauty to the occasion.


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A Heartfelt Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was beautifully officiated by the groom's sister, adding a personal and heartfelt touch to the proceedings. In keeping with Jewish tradition, Ben and Melissa incorporated the symbolic act of stomping on a glass at the conclusion of the ceremony. This tradition, known as "breaking the glass," holds deep significance. As Ben shattered the glass underfoot, the sound resonated throughout the tent, signifying the completion of the ceremony and the start of a joyous celebration. The breaking of the glass also serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and a reflection on the challenges that may lie ahead. It is believed to bring good luck and symbolize the breaking of barriers, inviting harmony and unity into the couple's future together. The joyous cheers and applause that followed this tradition showcased the love and support surrounding Ben and Melissa as they embarked on their new journey as a married couple.



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The Fireball Moment

While capturing bridal portraits on the golf course, a nearby house adjacent to the grounds was holding a pool party. When the group noticed Ben and Melissa, they quickly changed the music to Bruno Mar's "Marry You" and a succession of cheers sounded from the pool. We laughed, cheered back, and continued on with portraits. Suddenly, we hear a voice call out to us and as we turned, two guys approach with red solo cups and Fireball in hand. They ask to have the first shot with the new Mr. and Mrs. and we all toasted to Ben and Melissa. It was an impromptu moment that we are still laughing about !



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Speeches and Emotional Moments


One thing about Ben is he is a huge fan of WWE. In honor of this, Melissa selected to have the entire bridal party be introduced to WWE theme music. When Ben and Melissa were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs., guests stood up and waved their napkins and cheered. Everyone was laughing and partaking in the joy!


As the reception unfolded, the matron of honor, Melissa's sister, took the stage, delivering a speech that moved everyone present. With heartfelt words and tears of joy, she painted a vivid picture of Ben and Melissa's love story as well as her deep relationship with her sister. Her emotional tribute to their bond filled the air with warmth and heartfelt admiration, leaving a lasting impression on all in attendance.



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The Booming Dance Floor

The reception's dance floor quickly transformed into a realm of pure joy and celebration. With the help of their incredible hype squad, Ben and Melissa created an electric atmosphere that had guests of all ages grooving to the beat. The music, carefully selected to reflect their tastes and personalities, filled the space with infectious energy. At one point, one of Melissa's cousins dashed into the kitchen to request spatula's. Melissa explained that growing up, whenever someone was singing around the house, their mother would hand them a spatula as a makeshift microphone. It was sweet to see this tradition spontaneously be included during the dancing. Laughter, smiles, and uninhibited dance moves made it a night to remember.


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Ben and Melissa's elegant Hunt Valley country club wedding was a testament to their love, meticulous planning, and the beauty found in the details. From the tender moments of the proposal, symbolized by a personalized jersey, to the breathtaking colors and florals that adorned the venue, their celebration exuded a timeless charm.

The matron of honor's heartfelt speech touched the hearts of all present, while the dance floor became a realm of pure exhilaration, filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable moments. Their wedding day was a true reflection of the love they shared, surrounded by friends and family who celebrated their union with overflowing happiness and heartfelt support.


It has been such a joy planning and discussing all the details leading up to Ben and Melissa's Hunt Valley Country Club wedding. It feels so strange to not pick up the phone and text Melissa a wedding idea!


In her thank you note, Melissa wrote, "this is only just the beginning" and while it can feel sad that the ceremony is over, there will be many more seasons to document for Ben and Melissa. I am so honored to be trusted to preserve their moments forever.



Wedding Day Team:

Venue: Hunt Valley Country Club

Florist: Floral Impressions of Hunt Valley

Makeup: Brushed Beauty LLC, @Danirivramua, @101bobbypins

DJ: Shiny Entertainment

Dress: Alexandra's Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid dresses: Birdie Grey

Suit: Joseph A Banks

Photographer: Hailey Rae Photography

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